Yuri Kuma Arashi : A Lecture by Kunihiko Ikuhara on Stigma

•March 27, 2015 • 1 Comment

Kunihiko Ikuhara is a very well respected, well decorated Director and screenwriter in the anime industry. He has been around for close to 25 years now. His most notable works are Revolutionary Girl Utena, The second half of the second season of Sailor Moon and most recently Mawaru Penguindrum.  Its no secret at this point that I really did not enjoy the latter half of Mawaru Penguindrum (most of it actually) and Utena didn’t really capture my attention, but there is something about Ikuhara’s works that just brings me back hoping that there is something there that I just didn’t understand or ‘get’ and I believe I have found it in his latest offering Yuri Kuma Arashi. Yuri Kuma header

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The Kidd’s Top 12 Anime of 2014

•January 9, 2015 • 2 Comments

Here we are again at the beginning of a new year and now is the perfect to reminisce about the best anime experiences we had in 2014. Unlike 2013, this year actually had some really good and varied anime, it was a decent year for anime, well for me atleast especially in the final season of the year. Without further ado here are my favourite anime that aired in 2014.

Disclaimer: Only anime that aired this year got to make the cut, I also only added anime that I had seen atleast more than 6 episodes of.

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The Kidd’s Top 10 Games of 2014

•January 4, 2015 • Leave a Comment

2014 was a very strange year for games, the new generation took its first strides and just like a baby, had a few falls along the way. We certainly didnt get the gems and masterpieces we got last year but we did get some new IP and some new ideas. I had some very memorable moments in some of these games and I’ve arranged my most favourite ones in order.

Disclaimer: Obviously this list only contains games I personally played in 2014. Late entries such as Far Cry 4, This War of Mine, Never Alone and manay more did not make the cut because of time constraints

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For Inclusivity and Representations Sake

•December 23, 2014 • Leave a Comment

The year 2014 has been a pretty crucial year for representation in popular media. There have been a lot of highs and very many lows but the most important thing is that the conversation is being had and results are starting to show or will begin to reveal themselves soon. Its no secret that I am an outspoken feminist, I have shied away from the label in the past for fear of being placed into a category that is not necessarily well understood by the masses quite yet. The extent of my ‘activism’ has also grown exponentially over the past year almost without me knowing and without me really trying but almost being forced to, but I’ll get to that later.

This article is meant to highlight what had become my motto for atleast ¾ of the year and that was “For Inclusivity and Representations Sake.” It all started right after I saw Disney’s Frozen for the first time. The film received some criticism for its final act in which the sisters rely on each others true love to save themselves and the Kingdom at large. This twist ruffled some conservative feathers who believed that it was lesbian propaganda targeted at children. The sentiment was obviously ridiculous but it really highlighted how engrained the cultural idea that a female can not be a hero in her own story is, even in Western society. Couple that with the fact that seeing two females have a functional relationship that does not include a man at all was so inconceivable, really made me realise just how backwards the representation cause was in popular media.

That was just the beginning. However, like an annoying little brat a lot of titles in movies, anime and video games strove to break down these barriers almost as a direct response to the backlash and some of the personal highlights for me were;

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The Queen of Drama, Mari Okada and How She Saved Anime

•June 25, 2014 • 1 Comment

During my early teenage years I remember having a conversation with my Mom about her obsession with soap operas, I remember telling her how I never understood why she loved such overly dramatic depictions of usually ridiculous situations that would never happen in real life. (it seems I’ve been a critic since I was 13 lol) Her response to me was “I can assure you one day you will.” Ofcourse I scoffed at that and while I still don’t watch live action soap operas Ive come mighty close to its anime equivalent, with the brilliant works of anime writer Mari Okada.

Mari Okada

Okada is a prolific and well decorated screenwriter starting her career as far back as 2001 some of her early notable titles include Basilisk and Rozen Maiden. She first came to mine and most of the anime fandoms knowledge in 2011 after she won the best writer award at the 16th annual Kobe Awards. This firmly put her in the spotlight and she has rarely disappointed from then on. Continue reading ‘The Queen of Drama, Mari Okada and How She Saved Anime’

The Kidd’s Most Anticipated Games From E3 2014

•June 13, 2014 • 4 Comments

This year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo had a lot of promise Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo all had properties they could have shown that would have stolen or ‘won’ the show for each of them respectively. There sure were a lot of leaks and pre announcements and that kind of withered the shock factor away for most reveals. With all that in mind there were still some great trailers and demos showcased by all the publishers at the event and here are my top 10 in descending order. Continue reading ‘The Kidd’s Most Anticipated Games From E3 2014′

Top 12 Anime of 2013

•December 26, 2013 • 6 Comments

Here we are again, the end of the year and boy what a mediocre year it was for anime as whole. Fortunately for us there were a few stand outs that were pretty much close to masterpieces and we even had a few shows that could pass for mainstream hits, Lord knows the Western anime fandom really needs one of those so thank Goodness for that. I was also incapable of running the Anime Bloggers Choice Awards this year for personal reasons but trust me it will be back in full force next year, so without further ado here we go, The best 12 anime that aired in 2013 were: Continue reading ‘Top 12 Anime of 2013’